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Arrests, injuries and a balcony fall reported at Deltopia in Isla Vista

Unsanctioned street party has checkered history

Arrests, injuries and a balcony fall...

ISLA VISTA, Calif. - The unsanctioned street party in Isla Vista known as 'Deltopia' is shaping up to be a busy one this year.

Thousands of revelers crowded Del Playa Drive on Saturday because the beaches are closed.

In years past, the event has turned violent causing local leaders, the Santa Barbara County Sheriff's Department and the University of California Santa Barbara to join forces to control crowds and discourage visitors from attending.

Police have responded to multiple incidents related to this year's event.

Just after midnight Saturday morning, three people were arrested after a fight broke out at a residence on the 800 block of Camino Lindo. The three people arrested were all reported to be visitors from out of town.

The three men have been identified as  Kyle Deville, 23, of Lancaster, Kameron Ramsey, 21, of Palmdale and Antuan Malone, 26, of Pacoima. The three men were booked at the jail on complaints of battery and battery with bodily injuries. 


At around 1:45 p.m., a deputy was injured during an incident involving a 19-year-old UCSB student. Deputies made contact with the student after he was spotted with what appeared to be an open container. While attempting to subdue the man, a deputy fell and sustained serious injuries. The deputy was transported to the hospital for treatment of a broken hand.

The student fled to his home on the 6600 block of Del Playa Drive and refused to come out despite commands by law enforcement. He was apprehended by a Sheriff’s K9 after 20 to 30 minutes.  He has been identified as Arod Rahim.

Rahim was transported to the hospital and then booked into the Santa Barbara County Jail. He faces possible charges for resisting arrest causing injuries and being a minor in possession of alcohol.

At 4:45 p.m. a woman in her early 20's fell 30 to 40 feet off of a balcony and onto the beach near a residence on the 6600 block of Del Playa Drive. She was transported to Cottage Hospital with moderate injuries.

 

On Saturday, Santa Barbara County Sheriff's Office estimated the crowd size was about 3,000 to 5,000 people. Sunday's preliminary numbers indicated there was nearly twice as many attendants than projected. 

There have been dozens of other arrests, citations and some reports of alcohol poisoning.

Strict parking rules and noise ordinances are in effect in the area. The public is advised to avoid the area if possible.


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